This week: Pancreatic cancer, child abuse, cancer during pregnancy

Mar 21, 2019

The location and stage of a cancer in the pancreas will help doctors decide treatment options, surgical oncologist Mashaal Dhir explains on this week’s “HealthLink on Air.”

Dhir explains in this interview that pancreatic cancer is often discovered only after it has advanced and that the most common type of pancreatic cancer is adenocarcinoma, a cancer that arises in the ducts of the pancreas. Symptoms may include jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, along with pain, loss of appetite and weight loss.

He says surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation may be used for treatment, and some patients may qualify for clinical trials involving immunotherapy.

Also on this week’ show: pediatrician Ann Botash discusses child abuse and the role of the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, and gynecologic oncologist Molly Brewer gives an overview of cancer during pregnancy.

Tune in Sunday, March 24 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m for "HealthLink on Air."